School Programs

Grow, Learn and Thrive



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“An environment-based education movement—at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” — Richard LouvLast Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

At YMCA Camp Takodah, we encourage teachers and group leaders to take learning outdoors, offering students the chance to live and learn through hands-on experience. You don’t need to be a school group to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that Takodah has to offer. We have served parent/child groups, church youth groups, college athletic teams, professional groups, and many others. For more information on these look at ‘Group retreats and rentals’. If you are interested in a Takodah program for your group, please contact us. We’ll tailor a program just for you! For every group we serve, we custom design a program to suit its needs and goals, incorporating elements of teambuilding, ecology, adventure, and recreation.

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Community Building & Leadership Programs:

Learn how to work together through a progression of well-sequenced activities, including games, group initiatives, trust activities, and low and high ropes course challenges. Developing good habits in group cooperation, effective communication, and problem solving leads to a happier and more productive classroom.

Struggle to strength: Think about those students who struggle to find their place socially in the classroom or have a hard time finding something they are good at. A program with Camp Takodah encourages the development of community within your class that accepts and values everyone differences and celebrates success in every type of achievement .

Adventure Education:

Lessons in specific outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, canoeing, and hiking, foster personal growth and respect for the environment in which we live. Whether it is paddling on Cass Pond or hiking the celebrated Mt. Monadnock, adventure education promotes positive moral character and encourages healthy risk-taking among students. We can “learn more in one day of play than in a year of conversation.” Camp Takodah has many opportunities for recreation, whether it’s playing games and sports on our fields, boating on Cass Pond, or working on a special art project in our ‘Hobby Nook

Sample Schedule:

We can tailor any program from one to five days. Below is a typical sample of a three day and two night program we can provide.

What are our clients saying about us?

“The staff are the epitome of professionalism. Very responsible and experienced crew, wonderfully talented and we can’t wait to come back ”
– Pilgrim Church, Marlborough, MA

“Very skilled at working with adults. Activities were done in an encouraging and respectful way. It was thrilling, fun, insightful and we felt safe doing things outside of our comfort zones. We wish we had more time.”
– Staff of Rise for Baby and Family, Keene, NH

“We are always impressed by the dedication and energy of the Takodah Staff. The long tenure of leaders is indicative of the great program. The staff are here for the kids to learn and build character. Thanks for all you do to make it great”
– Rising Tide Charter School, Plymouth, MA

“Outstanding in every aspect, teaching, motivating, and reining in when necessary; one of the best leadership camps in a long time; communicated very well with the kids and adults. Really improved teamwork and camaraderie. Very professional”
– Rainbow Girls of New Hampshire

For more information call Peter Simmonds on (603) 352-0447 or email

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
–        Henry Ford